PCI was created in 2017 by four French guys who were passionate about their project. Their idea was simple: to develop a realistic, narrative-based crime investigation game. It would be a mix of Clue, NCIS, and a video game, with a dash of Tarantino on top.
Benoît de Labouret is the creative mind behind the project. His ambition was to create the ultimate criminal investigation game: one that's immersive, realistic, funny, and intriguing.
Benoît was quickly joined by art director, graphic artist, and web designer Jean-Luc Fontaine. Their parthership worked really well. Jean-Luc brought Benoît's ideas to life.
Below is the very first version of the home page:
With his 28 years of experience as a police officer, and author of six detective novels, Eric Oliva naturally became the scriptwriter for the game, bringing his experience with criminal procedure and investigation techniques to the project.
With a passion for movies, literature and theater, Thomas Fournier rounded out the team with his experience in directing actors.
What about the code? Well, Valentin Bouchet, THE developer the whole Silicon Valley would dream of having, is taking care of it!
On September 1, 2017, "Dark night for Damien Schwartz" was first published online in French. The case earned PCI Agent a Ping Award nomination.
Since then, PCI has continued to grow. Hubert Chardot and Valérie Dos Santos joined the adventure as scriptwriters for "Bikini Junkyard" and "Mortal Speed Dating". The game mechanics and video quality are constantly refined. Season 2 is on its way.
On April 27th of 2019, « Mortal Speed Dating » sets the tone for season 2. An ingenious case echoing a daily news (#metoo, #Weinstein), starring french actress and Youtuber Marion Séclin, and being the most matured PCI production so far.
At the beginning of 2020, Season 3 is on the way !
Laura Trompette, author of seven novels including the thriller "Asphyxie", joined the team. She wrote "A star is dead", which closed out Season 2.
PCI Agent - SEASON 3, a work in progress
Season 3 will include 7 cases and is highly conceptual. The season will be called 777 and will be available from October 2020 in English.
More investigations from Season 1 and 2 may also be translated in English.